Life in Ann Arbor

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​​​The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a vibrant community located 40 miles southwest of Detroit. The city was founded in 1824 and became the seat of Washtenaw County soon after.

The home to the University of Michigan and its more-than 38,000 students, as well as other nearby colleges and universities including Cleary, Concordia and Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor can be considered the education capital of the Midwest. The city also boasts a nationally recognized public school system and a variety of private and parochial schools.

Regularly receiving national attention as one of the be​st places to live in the nation, Ann Arbor is much more than a university town; it is home to more than 100 high tech, research and light-​industrial employers. Major employers outside the university and government also call Ann Arbor home.

​​This diverse community has an array of attractions, with more than 200 restaurants; shopping, including the year-round Ann Arbor Farmers Market; world-class museums; galleries; theaters; and clubs with live music. Annual cultural events include the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fair, which draws thousands of visitors from all over the globe to the downtown area every summer.

The city's numerous off-street trails and lightly traveled neighborhood streets attract joggers and bike riders throughout the year. Cyclists enjoy the extensive trail system, which winds along the Huron River. Endless opportunities for recreation​ are also available in the city's 159 parks, which feature trails; golf; canoe liveries; swimming pools; ice rinks; tennis courts; athletic fields; volunteer opportunities; programs for every age, interest and ability; and so much more. 

From its bustling downtown to its charming tree-lined neighborhoods, Ann Arbor is the ideal place in which to live, learn, work, visit, play, raise a family, make a friend, and discover your potential.​